About this Course
This online course will familiarize participants with an understanding of what marine spatial planning is about, what benefits it can have, and what results you can expect. Furthermore, the course is designed to present the basic steps of MSP process, actors and responsibilities, legislation and finances needed, the MSP tools and techniques, and finally transboundary and cross-border contexts for MSP with a special emphasis on Large Marine Ecosystems.
By the end of the course participants will:
- Have a broad understanding of the key elements that constitute Marine Spatial Planning at national and LME/transboundary scale, and be able to relate these to the organisations and countries in which they work;
- Understand the relevance of marine spatial planning as a topic for coastal and marine development and management;
- Be able to balance interests of different stakeholders on the basis of clear and transparent criteria;
- Be able to start applying Marine Spatial Planning in their own specific legal, governance and administrative contexts;
- Be able to present the basic steps of MSP process, actors and responsibilities, legislation and finances needed, and the MSP tools and techniques, transboundary and cross-border contexts for MSP, with a special emphasis on Large Marine Ecosystems.
The course is structured by modules. Each week participants will be expected to complete two modules, during which, the basic contents and compulsory material must be read.
In all modules, participants are expected to:
- Read basic contents
- Read the compulsory content
- Participate in the modules´ forum
- Respond a set of multiple choice questions
- Participants will also have access to recommended readings, videos, and suggested websites.
Participants expected dedication and certification
Participants are expected to dedicate a minimum of 2-4 hours per week to the course. This time dedication should be enough to review compulsory readings and participate in all activities (readings and quizzes). Participants who wish to read suggested readings and related videos will require a bit more time.
Upon successful completion of the course (passing all module quizzes, and participating in the forum, participants will receive a certificate granted by the course organizers.
Course contents will be facilitated by a team of specialists. A course coordinator and the virtual campus technical support team will be present for the entire course.
Alejandro Iglesias-Campos has an M.Sc. in Physical Geography by the University of Seville, Spain, and is a programme specialist at the Marine Policy and Regional Coordination Section in charge of the Integrated Coastal Area Management and Marine Spatial Planning Programme at IOC-UNESCO.
Ivica Trumbic is an architect-planner whose professional interests include, among others, Marine Spatial Planning. Prior to becoming the Chief Technical Advisor of the UNDP-IOC UNESCO-GEF LME LEARN project, he has been working as a senior consultant for UNESCO, World Bank, UNDP, UNEP, UNOPS and other UN
Natalie Degger, GEF International Waters Learning Exchange and Resources Network (Training Specialist). Natalie has facilitated capacity development activities in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. She is passionate about strengthening transboundary water management around the globe by sharing best practices, lessons learned, and finding innovative solutions to common problems.
Indika holds a PhD and MSc. in Integrated Water Resources Management with research and work experiences on water, sanitation and agriculture in developing countries. She holds a BSc. in Agricultural science and technology. She works as a Capacity Development Analyst at Cap-Net UNDP. She has coordinated several training manuals; has moderated trainings and online discussions and has worked closely with global networks and partners for capacity development in sustainable water management.
Damian Indij, Cap-Net UNDP Virtual Campus Coordinator. Damian has facilitated water-related courses in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe, and participated as team member for the development of various training manuals. He is passionate for innovative learning approaches and partnership building for human and environmental development.Apply for Course